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Write about a millionaire who suddenly loses his fortune and finds himself without any possessions.

Pelonius Winitard III was at a loss. Not at a loss for words, but at a loss for money. How had he managed to lose the several million dollars for which he had worked approximately zero years, no months, days, hours, or minutes? That wasn't entirely true. He had worked quite hard to not die while he was in his mother's womb, and getting over the smack on the rump that the doctor delivered with all the power of a Ike Turner beating was quite a bit of work, he reckoned. Other than that, one could even say that the years of schooling had been quite a lot of work; but that wasn't entirely the case, because he knew that his inheritance would have come regardless of his scholastic achievement or not. For Pelonius, just being there was hard enough work.

Let us therefore rephrase it. How had he managed to lose the several million dollars for which he worked sixteen years (minus three or four months times sixteen for summer vacation) plus anywhere from zero to 9 months depending on your personal view of when life begins in the womb? (Philosophically, Pelonius believed life began when his head emerged into the open air but practically speaking, he wanted to think that he was hard at work from the very moment his cells began deviding.)

It all began as an e-mail that landed in his junk folder. Pelonius liked to look in the folder as the obvious garbage gave him a good laugh. This one seemed legitimate, however, and he wanted to have a thorough look at it - cryonics was the way of the future, after all. It started with e-mail correspondence with the owner of the cryonics firm and somehow ended with his losing absolutely all of his money, his mansion, and just about everything else except for a Volkswagen Beetle that he had purchased as a lark off of Craig's List and had forgotten about until the previous week, when the seller called him to inquire when he should expect pickup given that he had received the cash via UPS a couple of months earlier. That's just how irresponsible Pelonius tended to be - sending cash by UPS and not even remembering to pick up what he had purchased.

to be continued?

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melanyebaggins From: melanyebaggins Date: le 23 avril 2008 20:46 (UTC) (Lien)
somebody got a Writer's Block ^_^ is there more?
gordond From: gordond Date: le 23 avril 2008 20:50 (UTC) (Lien)
I actually googled "writing prompts" and went for the first thing there.

Should I continue the story? is it interesting?
melanyebaggins From: melanyebaggins Date: le 23 avril 2008 20:55 (UTC) (Lien)
I think it could be cool ^_^ I'm curious as to how that e-mail resulted in him broke....
gordond From: gordond Date: le 23 avril 2008 21:41 (UTC) (Lien)
I shall continue! :)
From: tcolby Date: le 01 mai 2008 00:40 (UTC) (Lien)

May I?

May I take a stab at continuing this?
gordond From: gordond Date: le 01 mai 2008 00:57 (UTC) (Lien)

Re: May I?

I was hoping to do so this week but you may have your own spin. Then we can go back and forth continuing each others stories and what a tangled web that would be.
gordond From: gordond Date: le 01 mai 2008 01:29 (UTC) (Lien)

Re: May I?

Okay, you're probably going to think I'm insane (more than before perhaps) but I created the following chart.

In round one, I write a followup and you write a followup.

In round two, I write a followup to your followup and mine and you do the same.

Round three would have four followups from each of us.

Round four would have eight.

Five? Sixteen.

To see how stories progress when they take different turns over and over again. Or something.
From: tcolby Date: le 01 mai 2008 01:33 (UTC) (Lien)

Re: May I?

Or we could just keep it simple at two branches... I do kinda think keeping track of 8-32 different story lines would be a bit much...
gordond From: gordond Date: le 01 mai 2008 01:34 (UTC) (Lien)

Re: May I?

well let's start with just round one and then if you're up to two then have at it! you don't have to do all of a round in one sitting. :P
From: tcolby Date: le 01 mai 2008 04:52 (UTC) (Lien)

Re: May I?

Potential "Round 1"

Pelonius walked pensively in front of what yesterday was his estate. His mother and father had died in a fatal mayonaise factory mishap when he was but five years old. They had decided a trip to Wisconsin would be fun, and being major shareholders, they fancied a check up on their investment. Unfortunately, they both had found a safety problem with one of the walkways over the stirring vats. The local rags had made bad jokes for days.

Pelonius' staff went home when the people from the bank came with the police.

"Whoops!" said Pelonius in massive understatement.

Perhaps one of his playmates would be able to help him, at least for a short time. He was sure his financial advisor Jerry was already shopping his resume around, and was not likely even to return any of his phone calls.

"Apollo, connect me to Frumpie!" Pelonius boldly addressed to the house computer. It was at that moment that Pelonius' real education had begun.
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